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To Buy or Not To Buy: Plastic Book Bins (plus DIY labels)

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Okay y’all, I did it. I took the plunge and ordered a class set of plastic book bins in our colors for reading workshop. I’ve been using cardboard ones for six years now. They’ve lived a good life and have the battle scars of masking tape and staples to prove it. Plus, they’re ugly brown. It was time for them to go.


I had my eye on the Really Good Stuff bins all summer. I finally convinced myself to take plunge and spend the money instead of continuing to wait for a coupon code that was good on orders under $200. When the box arrived, I danced around the living room gleefully. Hooray!! Then I stuck them in the closet until I could trudge out to school with them. I am so glad I waited because I found a STEAL on very similar bins somewhere else and they had much cheaper shipping too. Check this out.

very similar colors!


nearly identical design


same size inside



Can you tell the difference between $141 for 25 bins and $70 for 24 bins? Me either. That’s like 50% off, teacher friends!

So…. here are the bargain bins! I did lose my beloved pink color, but I also got rid of the yellow I wasn’t going to use. I love that the bargain bins let you order by single colors or mix and match. They come in primary colors as well.


After dancing around the living room again, I got to work labeling my little babies.

I was a little unsure about how the labels would work, but they do!! I picked them up at Joann’s for 25% off and they come with 12 in a pack. I grabbed the chalk markers at Hobby Lobby with a 40% coupon. 


The labels are repositionable and don’t leave a sticky mess behind. The chalk actually erases off them too. I was able to write, erase, and rewrite several times without messing up the labels.



Overall, I’m super happy with my purchase. So in case there was any doubt, these go in the BUY column for sure. Here’s a link to the two bins in case you’re looking for new ones too:

Steps to Literacy Bins and Really Good Stuff

**Update, after their first year of use these bins are still just like new. Love them even more now!**


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